LAS VEGAS -- BlackBerry will likely have at least two smartphones hitting the market this year.
That's according to BlackBerry CEO John Chen, who spoke to the media in a roundtable at the Consumer Electronics Show here Tuesday. The company is working on a Foxconn-built touch-screen smartphone that he said will be priced under $200. He also teased another, and higher-end, smartphone that would include a traditional keyboard, which would be designed in-house.
The devices signal that BlackBerry isn't quite ready to give up on selling smartphones to consumers, although it won't repeat the flashy -- yet … Read more
BlackBerry has made another key hire in its battle to turn itself around.
Announced by BlackBerry on Monday, former HTC executive Ron Louks will join the company as the president of the Devices and Emerging Solutions unit. He'll report directly to CEO John Chen.
"Ron will focus on BlackBerry's long-term product road map, including hardware, software, and design, as well as the company's joint development efforts," Chen said in a statement. "A good deal of Ron's time will be spent with customers, carriers, and partners. On our path to return BlackBerry to profitability, … Read more
Perhaps not surprisingly, BlackBerry has decided to forgo its big conference next year.
The struggling handset maker will not host a BlackBerry Live conference in 2014, the company announced in a blog post Friday. Instead, it will hold smaller events throughout next year that will focus on the "specific business, developer, and partner audiences."
BlackBerry has held the annual event, which was first introduced as the Wireless Enterprise Symposium, since 2002. At last year's event, BlackBerry unveiled the low-end BlackBerry Q5.
The end of BlackBerry Live is just the latest bit of bad news from the company. … Read more
The words "Mercury" and "crater" don't appear in the Beatles lyrics catalog anywhere, but they now belong as part of the band's history. The International Astronomical Union has named a Mercury impact crater after John Lennon.
Lennon isn't the only musician on Mercury, but he's in good company. There are craters named for Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, Puccini, and Aaron Copland. Lennon seems to be the only rocker among the planet's rocks. In case you were wondering, Keith Richards doesn't qualify yet to have a crater named after him. You have to be deceased first.… Read more
BlackBerry is not going down without a fight.
There's no question that the smartphone maker is in trouble. The company has been losing customers and money for some time now. And this third fiscal quarter was no different than previous quarters in that regard. In fact, the losses were a bit steeper than Wall Street had expected.
The company is still bleeding customers, especially in the high-end device market. In total, sales of its BlackBerry smartphones were off about 50 percent in the quarter. And with about 75 percent of those sales for lower-end BlackBerry 7 units, it doesn'… Read more
Michael Dougherty, director of the comedy-horror film "Trick 'r Treat," has finally found the perfect stylus for drawing crazy-looking monsters. John Rogers, co-creator the TV show "Leverage," can't live without one particular app for keeping up with crime clippings. We asked some of our favorite geeky actors, producers, directors, authors, and musicians to share their favorite tech from 2013. Read on to see which gadget geeks up Grant Imahara's living room, which smartphone has earned raves from sci-fi author John Scalzi, and more. Then be sure to share your own picks of the year … Read more
Taking public swipes at archrival AT&T has become so second-nature to T-Mobile CEO John Legere, he's now folding it into company news announcements.December 18, 2013
In a tweet on Wednesday, Legere announced to customers T-Mobile's plans for a fourth "Uncarrier" event. T-Mobile has used these events to reveal the kind of industry-challenging plans that has reenergized the brand's appeal and successfully drawn customers from Verizon and AT&T into T-Mobile's fold.… Read more
Board member John Thompson offered that update in a blog post he put out on Tuesday.
"As you would expect, as this group has narrowed, we've done deeper research and investigation, including with the full board. We're moving ahead well, and I expect we'll complete our work in the early part of 2014," Thompson wrote without getting any more specific.
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Reports of BlackBerry's death have been greatly exaggerated, at least according to its interim CEO.
In a blog posted Wednesday and aimed at the BlackBerry community, Executive Chairman John Chen said the company is looking toward the future rather than dwelling on the past. He acknowledged that BlackBerry's effort to remake itself will require time, discipline, and tough decisions. But he said he was confident the company will recapture its past success.
"We have begun moving the company to embrace a multiplatform, BYOD world by adopting a new mobility management platform and a new device strategy," … Read more